Compton Family Ice Arena
South Bend, Indiana
Michigan State got the big win tonight over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4-2 behind another great performance by goalie, Will â€œThe Magnificentâ€ Yanakeff.Â Yanakeff had a great weekend (the Spartans split 1-1) with only one bad play the entire weekend.
Head Coach Tom Anastos said of his nationally emerging net minder, â€œWe thought he played a real good game last night and we saw that again tonight.â€Â Yanni made his coach once again look like a genius with his incredible play and brilliant ability to make the simple look easy.
Former Spartan super star goalie and now MSU goalie coach Mike Gilmore said of his pupil, â€œI think he is an elite goalie now and heâ€™s showing it.â€Â
So how much as Yanakeffâ€™s play impacted this team?Â Torey Krug said of his goalies play, â€œHUGE!Â The way he is playing in net is really helping us.Â He competes as hard as anyone.â€
As far as the sophomore from Jerome, Michigan all he could say about his incredible play in the net was, â€œI always see the things I can and need to improve on.Â Right now this isnâ€™t about me, itâ€™s about the team.â€
Speaking of high achievers, junior defenseman Torey Krug not only played the roll of scorer, enforcer, psychologist and captain tonight he also secured a tie for the CCHA scoring title.Â Not only a great accomplishment, but also you have to remember he is the star DEFENSEMAN!Â I asked him if he could take time to appreciate the accomplishment he said, â€œFor a second maybe you step back, but this is about Michigan State right now and winning a playoff series.â€
Yanakeff beamed a smile when asked about Krugâ€™s success and said, â€œThe only way to put it is, AWESOME!.â€Â The Senator Tom Anastos said, â€œAwfully hard thing to do.Â Incredible feat.Â I know his teammates are sure proud of him.Â I am real proud of him and will all take pride in that accomplishment.â€
The Spartans had been 0-8-3 since January of 2008 when then MSU head coach Rick Comley told the media after a tie with the Irish, â€œThey canâ€™t beat us.â€Â They proved him wrong.
So the Spartans finish the season 19-13-4 and were 14-11-3-2 in the CCHA.Â They will get a bye next week for the first round of the CCHA playoffs.Â They will travel the weekend of the March 9-11, 2012 to Miami of Ohio to take on the Red Hawks for the CCHA playoff quarterfinals.